It’s already December and well, a year since I became a part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, spearheaded by the wonderful Alex J. Cavanugh. Thank you to my friend Susan Rouchard who introduced me to this wonderful writing space which is so supportive and non-judgemental of your writing journey. If any of you wish to be a part of this group please join here. They also have a Facebook group and you can check it out here.


Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

The awesome co-hosts for the December 2 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, Sylvia Ney, Liesbet @ Roaming About Cathrina Constantine, and Natalie Aguirre!

Do visit them and show some love!


Before I answer this month’s question, I would like to mention a beautiful anthology that I finished reading recently. Titled ‘Tea with a Drop of Honey’, the anthology which is an offering of ‘The Hive’ is as dewy as its title. There are twenty-eight short stories that tug at your heartstrings, make you chuckle, fill you with hope, make you shed tears, time travel to a different era and are simply a slice of life. If you are looking for a great eclectic read this holiday season, I highly recommend this book to all my IWSG friends. Diverse themes and an even more diverse treatment of the same. It would be unfair to talk about a few stories only but I must to give you all a little sneak peek.

‘Much Ado About Nothing’ caught my attention with the title itself. Imagine a comical treatment of the becoming of Shakespeare’s most popular romantic tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and calling it… well, this one must be read for its plot and language both!

Some intriguing titles to get your attention include ‘The Adventures in the Quest for her Pot Bellied Seahorse’, ‘Kingdom of Kitchen’, ‘The Raipur Reading and Writing Club’, ‘My Big Fat Punjabi Divorce’ ‘The Pigeon Man Sings’, ‘The Heimlich Manoeuvre’, ‘The Murphy Conundrum’ and ‘Natyakari’. The stories as diverse as their titles.

The book is available on the following link.


And now, for this month’s question.

 Are there months or times of the year that you are more productive with your writing than other months, and why?

I daresay that whenever the house is lonely and silent and everyone else has left for work, I am my most productive. With the pandemic this year, we can then well imagine how productive I’ve been! But on a more serious note I think I am least productive in winters. Somehow, the weather really pulls me down and I need the sun to feel alive. Likewise, sunny days and a blue sky inspire me tremendously. Can I say that a season is my reason to (not) write?

Do months or seasons affect your writing pace too? Do share your thoughts in the comments section.

Wish you all a happy, blissful December and may we all see a brighter 2021!


  1. Congrats on the one year anniversary of being an IWSGer! I’m the same, I’m at my most productive when the house is silent. To quote Clement Clarke Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” when “not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.” Basically, when the kiddies are in bed, the writing’s bled. Which in all intents and purposes also makes me an owl writer.

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Thanks for the anthology recommendation. I don’t think seasons affect my writing. My job is the main barrier to my writing, but at least I like my job.

  3. That’s such a nice initiative. The name of the group is my favorite 🙂 And yes for your question. I will say I am the most productive early in the morning. I think sleep rejuvenates me.

  4. That’s such a nice initiative. The name of the group is my favorite 🙂 And yes for your question. I will say I am the most productive early in the morning. I think sleep rejuvenates me.

  5. I am with you on not being able to write with everyone in the house. The kids are constantly in and out of their rooms looking for something and that’s distracting. Plus housework has gone up like crazy. What an awful year this has been!

  6. Thanks for the heads up Sonia. Winter is time to read and be jolly I agree, cozily , by the fire, with friends and family …. Like the Anthology, looks mouth watering. Will check it out.

  7. Thank you so much for introducing us to this community. I am sure to check it out. It is no secret that I am a fan of the sun and so winters are too unproductive for me. I can be found mostly curled up with a hot drink and a book to read and that’s about that. And this year all the more because I need a longer break after successfully completing my Nanowrimo goal 😉

  8. My son is affected by the seasons. He needs sunlight to function optimally, but he solves this problem with vitamins and supplements. Seems to help him.

  9. Sonia, I am like you and find gloomy winter days get me down. From there it’s too easy to curl up and watch a movie or read someone else’s book, rather than write my own! With a new work in progress, I hope to do better this January, once the Holidays here are over.

  10. I’m glad I don’t suffer from winter blues, but yeah–there’s something about a sunny day that lifts the spirits. I definitely struggle to write when there are lots of interruptions. Since the pandemic shut-down began in March, there’ve been few moments when I had the house to myself. Wishing you happy writing in December.

  11. They did a great job on the cover. I love the old-world look to it. Thanks for sharing about the anthology. When a book pulls at the heartstrings… that’s a special book.

  12. Hi,
    The anthology sounds interesting and I will put it on my TBR list. My office is in my basement and I have my windows covered over so that I can’t look out of them. What I see outside distracts me. So if it is winter, (and I don’t like winter) I don’t see the snow and therefore don’t get depressed.
    Take care and have a merry Christmas and a safe passage into 2021.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  13. It’s definitely more difficult to write when there are people around who you want to be with, and then news alerts show up with numbers of death and nothing feels as important as the people… but you want to write, but you want to just hug loved ones and be glad they’re there…

    I love the book title! I’ll add it to me TBR.

  14. There’s a definitely pattern to my writing …as I think its more due to busier months when I’m stressed and not able to write and the months where I’m relaxed I write more.

  15. That anthology does have some intriguing titles! I’ve never thought about what months of the year I’m most productive with my writing. Just off the top of my head, I’d say probably September and March because they are so emotionally evocative.

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